Nelson: I'll be fighting in the UFC for the rest of my career


Steph Daniels from BloodyElbow and Steven Marrocco from MMAJunkie have learned some details about the contract Roy Nelson recently signed with the UFC.

Nelson's manager, Mike Kogan, today told that the heavyweight's deal calls for nine fights in the octagon. He declined to disclose financial terms of the contract, citing its confidentiality provision.

For the first fight of the new deal, "Big Country" is scheduled to meet Daniel Cormier in the pay-per-view co-main event of UFC 166, which takes place Oct. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston.

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Nelson was more expansive with Daniels. Big Country, who has had a combative relationship with UFC president Dana White, struck a concilliatory tone. The issue of fighter pay has been a contentious one, by Nelson said simply that he didn't have all the facts.

"I think there are two stories for everything," said Nelson. "I don't know the whole business side of the UFC, so I can't really make a fair assumption. I can tell you from the experience of just working in general, you can always do more. You can always do better."

"You could say that I'll be fighting for the UFC for the rest of my life. The contract is that big. You won't see me fight anywhere else, unless the UFC goes under. I don't think that's ever going to happen."

"The beauty of the heavyweight division is that you can fight anybody in there and lose on any given day. The only person in the division that has a perfect record right now is Daniel, and that's only going to last until October."

"If I beat Daniel, I think I'll be Top 20 [laughs]. Seriously, if I beat Daniel, and he's the Number 2 guy in the world, where does that put me?"

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MMArijuana site profile image  

7/24/13 12:44 AM by MMArijuana

Keep up, faggot. Cormier is an elite fighter. Top 5 for sure. And a p4p candidate.

Bailx site profile image  

7/24/13 12:34 AM by Bailx

happy to see a contract like that... LOVE ROYhonestly though... i think i'd like to see this fight with BOTH guys at 205... Nelson is awesome but I don't see how he can become a champion in that division right now...LOVE YOU ROY... but dude...tough division to be in....HEY-- maybe dan and roy could fight at 235 to start off the NEW CRUISER-WEIGHT DIVISION CHAMP???? that needs to be done at some point i think

gabemadrid site profile image  

7/23/13 11:45 PM by gabemadrid

Happy he's not leaving the UFC I always get the PPVs he's on as they're always entertaining win or lose.

UGCTT_Pariah site profile image  

7/23/13 11:31 PM by UGCTT_Pariah

Just when I thought we'd finally be rid of him. Just let him go somewhere else so I don't have to hear about/from him anymore. One of my most hated guys in MMA.

Authority Figure site profile image  

7/23/13 11:05 PM by Authority Figure

Roy makes my head hurt with his comments sometimes, but I feel like his heart is always in the right place, so if he's happy, kudos to him.  I think it would be crazy great if he ended up getting a title shot and won. It would totally ruin this pristine chiseled fighter who fights safe thingie. 

JStrongMMA site profile image  

7/23/13 7:46 PM by JStrongMMA


Lasko site profile image  

7/23/13 6:41 PM by Lasko

Dana has no reason to get rid of him. They might have problems with each other sometimes but at the end of the day Roy helps sell any ppv he's on. He turns a "maybe I'll buy it" ppv into a buy. Exactly what Dana wants.

RicGillespie site profile image  

7/23/13 6:36 PM by RicGillespie

Lol @ needing a good excuse to get rid of someone when it's written into their contracts. Ask Fitch what great excuse they used for his termination.

circa305 site profile image  

7/23/13 6:28 PM by circa305

This.Yea he may be cut after his next fight after Cormier actually. He is definitely losing to Cormier which will be his 2nd loss in a row. Make it 3 in a row and Dana finally has a good excuse to get rid of him.

R1WARRIOR site profile image  

7/23/13 6:22 PM by R1WARRIOR

"Cormier number 2 guy in the world." LMAO Number 20, maybe.